Emmett Till, a black murder victim banned again for associating
The new dark age of silencing: More than 12,000 students at the City University of New York (CUNY) have signed a petition to have an opera about the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till cancelled because its lyricist, Clare Coss, happens to be white.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice student Mya Bishop created the Change.org petition in an attempt to halt the continuation of ‘Emmett Till, A New American Opera’ at the school’s Gerald W. Lynch Theatre. In the petition’s description, she wrote that the show is all about playwright Clare Coss’ ‘white guilt’ rather than the appalling killing of Till, 14, for allegedly flirting with a white woman.
This petition is unmitigated bigotry, trying to get the opera cancelled simply because Coss is white. What makes it even more indicative of our new dark age of ignorance is that the composer, Mary Watkins, is black. As she notes:
‘It is very disturbing that people are condemning this piece without having seen or heard it,’ she wrote. Referring to the students signing the petition, she said: ‘They have jumped on the fact that the playwright is white and assumed all kinds of things about the content of the show. Even though there are many artists of color involved in this project, the critics are assuming that we have had no impact on the final shape of the piece and that the playwright has somehow forced all of us to tell her story.’
‘It is an insult to me as a Black woman and to the company members who are African-American,’ she added.
No matter. Whites are evil, according to Mya Bishop and the 12,000 students who signed her petition, and must be prevented from participating in any part of our culture or society. They must go to the back of the bus, and stay silent as thugs beat them up and lynch them.
In fact, in a sense this attack against Clare Coss is identical to the lynching of Emmett Till. He dared to flirt with a white woman, and so the bigoted Democrats who ran the South at that time had to lynch him. Coss has dared to work with a black woman on a work of art about the unjust murder of a black child. How dare she associate with blacks! The bigoted leftists who run our universities today must blackball her. Who cares if this blacklisting also damages the work of a black woman. Race and power is all! If you won’t join our campaign of hate than you must be an enemy and punished as well.
Even more disgusting, this petition is in itself another lynching of Emmett Till. Because the lyrics of an opera that tells his story happens to be written by a white, his story must not be told. He is once again flirting with a white woman, and that cannot be tolerated!
Finally, that 12,000 college students signed this petition — without seeing the opera — signals to all the bankrupt state of modern western intellectual culture. Modern intellectuals are not only close-minded, they are willfully ignorant, proud that they know nothing about this opera except the wild bigoted accusations of Mya Bishop.
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